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Project Brief

Since the decoding of the human genome in 2002, there has been a rapid development in genetic testing technologies. Many countries have been competing to establish population genetic maps, represented by national genome program specialized for each country, such as the United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, and others.

The establishment of population genetic databases has a direct impact on monitoring genetic variants, allowing individuals to take preventive and preemptive measures before the onset of disease symptoms in many cases. In addition to the economic sustainability achieved through implementing health policies that are tailored according to the genetic makeup of populations.

In this context, the Kingdom of Bahrain took pioneering steps, launching the National Genome Program in 2019, which aimed to collect 50,000 samples from citizens to draw Bahrain’s genetic map and create a comprehensive database that contributes to monitoring and preventing genetic diseases. The collection of the required number of samples was completed before the specified period, in an achievement that confirms the interest of the wise government and the awareness that Bahraini society enjoys in the health aspect.

Vision & Mission


  • To establish the national genetic map of Bahrain and develop modern policies in healthcare, research, innovation, and population informatics.

  • To lead dynamic initiatives that serve healthcare decisions by harnessing the latest science and medical technology.
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